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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-13-2002, 11:25 AM
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Cost to shorten an axle

Alright, what is the average cost would you guys say to shorten a set of axle? Thanks Pete
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Re: Cost to shorten an axle

Petersons 4-wheel-drive had an article on this a little while ago (for the front axle), and I've seen a few write-ups on some websites.

The most important tools were:
An angle-grinder to remove the knuckles
A chop-saw to cut the tube
A protractor or something to set the castor and
A welder to re-attach the knuckles.

Dunno the cost of having it done though [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
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Re: Cost to shorten an axle

Don't forget you must either buy shorter axles, or go the route of having the existing axles shortened and resplined. When you respline an axle it loses strength at the splines as they are not heat treated, the splines were machined, not rolled into the metal, nor was the axle tapered to that point. The axle could be quite thick at the point it was machined down and not steps down abruptly to spline diameter. Depending on your application and abuse, resplined axles work. On a budget, have a machine shop cut down the axles and respline them, you do the work with the axle tubes. Or buy a set of the correct lenght, and cut your housing down to match.
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Re: Cost to shorten an axle

Moser will shorten a pair of shafts for about $100, including one-way shipping. Search for a post titled "axel shortening project" for a description of what's involved. The work involved took about four hours, not counting the 'figgering' time. That will give you an idea of what a local shop should charge.
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